Land and Water Conservation Director

  • Moutain Area Land Trust
  • Evergreen, Colorado 80437, United States
  • Feb 27, 2017
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Job Description

The Mountain Area Land Trust announces a job opening for a Land and Water Conservation Director.  Posted January 15, 2017. 

Position is part-time, 20 hours per week.

Job Requirements:

  • 4-year related degree in Natural Resources or related field.
  • 3-5+ years of Natural Resource Management or land and water conservation experience.
  • Knowledge and experience negotiating, writing and closing conservation easements or purchasing properties.
  • Familiarity of local communities within Clear Creek, Park, Teller, Gilpin Counties, and the mountainous areas of Jefferson and Boulder Counties.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.
  • Computer, GPS and photography skills necessary. GIS skills desirable.
  • Able to safely travel across rough mountainous terrain by foot and/or four-wheel drive vehicles.

Work Schedule and Location

  • Work 20 hours per week.
  • Work schedule flexible to accommodate projects.
  • Work primarily at MALT office.
  • Work in field as required.

Primary Duties:

Strategic Planning:

  • Assists expanding conservation initiatives through new program development and strategic partnerships.
  • Ensures that the Land and Water Conservation Plan, which identifies and prioritizes areas where land and water conservation efforts should be focused is updated and maintained.

Land and Water Conservation:

  • Actively pursues and directs new opportunities in priority areas as defined in the Land and Water Conservation Plan.
  • Assigns, with Executive Director’s input, Conservation Easement projects and oversees all aspects of land and water conservation program. Typical work will include but, is not limited to:
  • Conducts preliminary site visits with Executive Director on viable properties with prospective landowners.
  • Explains the process and benefits and answers detailed landowner questions.
  • Makes a preliminary recommendation as to the viability of the project.
  • Obtains sufficient photographs and information to prepare a Project Evaluation Packet for the project selection process.
  • Prepares and presents the Project Evaluation Packet to the Land and Water Committee.
  • Prepares Initial, Interim and Final Decision documents.
  • Prepares Site Plans.
  • Facilitates and negotiates the development of a Conservation Easement from start to finish consistent with established Protocols.
  • Coordinates the development/delivery of Baselines, Appraisals, Title Commitments and Title Policies, Tax Forms and other critical documents.
  • Keeps Executive Director, Staff and Board up-to-date on status of land and water conservation activities.
  • Obtains legal review and approval of the Conservation Easement prior to closing.
  • Facilitates the signing and recording of Conservation Easement and other appropriate/required documents.
  • Prepares a monitoring plan unique to the Conservation Easement per the Conservation Easement Monitoring Protocol.
  • Ensures that all land and water conservation activities are in compliance with established policies and protocols and Land Trust Alliance 
  • Standards and Practices.
  • Assists in the maintenance of Conservation Easement files.

Conservation Easement Monitoring:

  • Directs and supervises all aspects of Conservation Easement monitoring.

Supervises and trains the Seasonal Land Steward.

  • Works directly with the Executive Director and landowners to resolve any violations.

Outreach and Education: Attends Board of Directors meetings and events, representing fundraising.

  • Supervises and trains Seasonal Interns.
  • Participates in the organization’s outreach and education with landowners, with emphasis placed on the priority properties.
  • Works in cooperation with the staff and Executive Director to examine priorities, partnerships and programs.
  • Pursues opportunities to educate the general public about the organization’s land and water conservation programs.
  • Develops strong working relationships with the conservation community. Participates in Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts (CCLT) conferences as the budget allows.
  • Develops strong working relationships within Jefferson, Park, Clear Creek, Boulder, Gilpin and Teller Counties.
  • Pursues opportunities to partner with the Counties to implement high profile conservation projects.


  • Coordinates the development and maintenance of Land Team documents, forms, letters and protocols.
  • Oversees and maintains Land aspects of Salesforce database.


  • Prepares Vicinity Maps and Site Plans for Conservation Easement projects.
  • Prepares Photo Point Maps for monitoring reports.
  • Prepares the above and other maps as required using basic desktop publishing software.
  • Assists with maintaining and GPS files.


  • Performs other duties as requested by the Executive Director.

Education, Technology Skills and Physical Abilities

  • Biological or Natural Science degree necessary.
  • Knowledge of GPS and Google Earth.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite necessary.
  • Knowledge of Adobe products, including Acrobat and Photoshop, desirable.
  • Knowledge and/or experience with digital photography necessary.
  • Able to travel across rough mountainous terrain by foot and/or by operating 4-wheel drive or AWD vehicles.

Position open until filled.

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Job Level

Mid-level, Senior-level


Nonprofit- NGO